Our Story | Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oils

Our Story

Who We Are

Great Bear Rainforest® Essential Oils is a social enterprise supported by the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative — a non-profit society and alliance of eight First Nations on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii.

Our home is the beautiful and remote coastal region known as the Great Bear Rainforest, named for the black, grizzly and rare white “spirit” bears that inhabit this globally-important temperate rainforest.

We are the people of the rainforest and the ocean, who have lived in and stewarded these lands and waters for millennia. We carve totem poles, canoes and masks, weave cedar bark and spruce roots from our strong forest trees, and remain vitally connected to the ocean for food and travel.

What We Do

Great Bear Rainforest® Essential Oils are carefully steam-distilled from fresh, sustainably harvested conifer needles gathered in the Great Bear Rainforest region.

The Great Bear Rainforest® Essential Oils venture creates sustainable, long-term employment for individuals with limited opportunities in our remote communities.

Since our stewardship responsibilities extend to the well-being of our people, this initiative enables us to strike a crucial balance between economic prosperity and environmental protection, while supporting our Nations and ensuring our diverse people, culture and languages continue to thrive.



Our Project Partners 

nunumus management Metlakatla Stewardship Society Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative